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Photos: EWA Ahtanum State Forest Clean Up & Trail Maintenance

11th Annual Eastern Washington Adventures
Ahtanum State Forest
Clean Up & Trail Maintenance Work Party

Hosted by Eastern Washington Adventures with cooperation from the Department of Natural Resources.
Sponsored by Selah Sweets
Report and photos by Clay & Calvin Graham / Selah Sweets

This event was eligible for a voucher toward a complimentary Discover Pass.

On Saturday, July 28, 2018, Eastern Washington Adventures held the 11th Annual Ahtanum State Forest Clean Up. On Sunday, Monday and Tuesday was Trail Maintenance work. Volunteers camped at Red Saddle Trailhead.

This was a very fun week thanks to all that came to volunteer.

Here are some photos of the Ahtanum State Forest Work Party:

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Photos: EWA Ahtanum North Fork Shortcut Trail Opening Camp Out

Eastern Washington Adventures
Ahtanum North Fork Shortcut Trail
Opening Camp Out

Report by Clay Graham. Photos by Clay Graham / Selah Sweets

On Friday, May 11th, 2018, Eastern Washington Adventures members met up at Red Saddle Trailhead at the Ahtanum State Forest to camp the weekend to attend the new ORV trail opening ceremony.  The weather was warm. It was a nice night to camp.

11:00 AM Saturday, May 12th, 2018, volunteers, guest and Washington State Department of Natural Resources (DNR) met up at Whites Ridge Trailhead for the North Fork Shortcut Trail Dedication Ceremony. There were presentations by Ashley of the Washington State Department of Natural Resources, Ron Rutherford from Pacific Northwest 4 Wheel Drive Association, Devon Dekker of Yakima Ski Benders, and Brad Hill Center Director at Fort Simcoe Job Corps. There was cake provided by the Pacific Northwest 4 Wheel Drive Association after.

Next everyone headed to the new trail off of the Ahtanum North Fork Road. The gate was opened, and we headed up hill to the gate at Jackass Road. There that gate was opened an the closed sign was replaced with a Pacific Northwest 4 Wheel Drive Association sign.

We headed up Jackass Road to above the old trail and waited for the rest of our group to join us. Next we convoyed up Jackass Road and part way though Ewe Neck where met up with some of the Ski Benders turning around due to of camber snow drifts. We talked with them away and then moved back down Jackass Road to the short cut. We headed down the North Fork Shortcut, up the North Fork and up Mclane Canyon to the Whites Ridge 4×4 Trail where we took a break. After the break, we headed up the Whites Ridge 4×4 Trail hitting patches of snow along the way. One long patch of snow, I got stuck due to my lockers were not working. Don pulled me out and took the lead. We went until the snow got deep on a steeper hill climb. We turned around and took a break at Make-out Point. After a short time we headed back to camp at Red Saddle Trailhead for the night.

Sunday was a very nice day. Everyone packed up. Kevin and Doug went for a ride, the rest us headed home.

This was a great time thanks to all who came out.

Here are some photos of the EWA Ahtanum NF Shortcut Trail Opening Camp Out:

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makes handcrafted snacks, shaved ice, and has souvenirs.
Inside and outside seating at the shop. Off site catering.

Eastern Washington Adventures
is an Outdoor Recreation Information Center that holds many free events.


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Photos: Ahtanum State Forest Clean Up & Trail Maintenance

10th Annual Eastern Washington Adventures
Ahtanum State Forest
Clean Up & Trail Maintenance Work Party

Hosted by Eastern Washington Adventures with cooperation from the Department of Natural Resources.
Sponsored by Selah Sweets
Report and photos by Clay & Calvin Graham / Selah Sweets

This event was eligible for a voucher toward a complimentary Discover Pass.

On Saturday, July 22, 2017, Eastern Washington Adventures held the 10th Annual Ahtanum State Forest Clean Up. On Sunday, Monday and Tuesday was Trail Maintenance work. Volunteers camped at Red Saddle Trailhead.

This was a very fun week thanks to all that came to volunteer.

Here are some photos of the Ahtanum State Forest Work Party:

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Shaved ice, Souvenirs, and makes pre-order snacks.
Inside and outside seating at the shop. Off site catering.

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Photos: 4W613 Trail Work Party Adventure

4W613 Trail Work Party
Hosted by Eastern Washington Adventures with cooperation from the Department of Natural Resources.
Sponsored by Selah Sweets
Report and photos by Clay Graham / Selah Sweets

This event was eligible for a voucher toward a complimentary Discover Pass.

Around 1 PM Friday, June 23rd, 2017, my three youngest sons and I headed out from the Eastern Washington Adventures Club House in Selah toward the Ahtanum State Forest to set up camp at Red Saddle Trailhead for the 10th annual eastern Washington Adventures 4W613 Trail Work Party.

We pulled into Red Saddle Trailhead at the Ahtanum State Forest to find a lot of people there.  The Yakima Ski-benders were doing their annual groomed trail clean up during the weekend too.

We set up camp in the parking lot in front of our other club members since the only place was open near them was being illegally saved and never used during our time there. Saturday morning that camp spokeswoman even gave one of the volunteers that was not camping, crap for parking there. Little does she know that the man she gave a hard time, has put in many volunteer hours that help get funding for this recreation area she is using.

Saturday morning we headed out from Red Saddle Trailhead with six Jeeps with 10 EWA Club Members and 3 guest. We took the pavement down to Nasty Creek Corrals and aired down. We ran Nasty Creek Road to Louie Way Gap and headed up 4W613.

The trail was in good shape up to the Louie Way Gap View Point where we stopped for the view. On up 4W613 there were a few trees down we moved off the trail. Right before topping Strobach Mountain, we came across a down tree some side-by-side guys were getting ready to move. As they worked on moving the tree, we worked on moving our rigs off the trail to let them pass.

After the side-by-side guys pass, we had to deal with a snow drift on an off camber up hill section. James took a run at it first and slid over to the trees. He winched on up and then volunteers shoveled the up hill track to keep the rigs from sliding sideways. Once we were all past that section, we headed on up to the Strobach Mountain Vista for lunch, fixing a trail sign a long the way.

After lunch we head on up the next climb, across the Upper Meadow, and then into the Dome Peak Fire Area where we had to move a few tree from the trail.

We made our way down to the Lower Meadow and then up Foundation Ridge were we had to move a few more down trees.

Around the cattle guard we started hitting patched of snow. The snow got more challenging around Strobach Springs.

We all made it out to Jackass Road and decided we had time to do a little more trail work. We ran FS1024 to the Blue Slide Shelter. I got stuck in the snow a long the way.

We checked out Blue Slide and then headed out through Blue Lake getting a photo on the way back to camp.

My Jeep’s radiator cracked and over heated just past Blue Lake. Don towed me on out to the Ahtanum North Fork Road until it cooled down. We added more coolant and drove on back to camp.

This was a very fun weekend thanks to all that came to volunteer.

Here are some photos of the 4W613 Trail Work Party:

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Shaved ice, Souvenirs, and makes pre-order snacks.
Inside and outside seating at the shop. Off site catering.

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Photos: Wildfire Awareness Day at the Ahtanum State Forest

Wildfire Awareness Day
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Hosted by Boy Scouts of American (Grand Columbia Council, Skookum District),
Selah Sweets, and the Department of Natural Resources.

Report and photos by Clay Graham / Selah Sweets.

At noon on Saturday April 8th, 2017, we met up at Whites Ridge Trailhead in the Ahtanum State Forest for Wildfire Awareness with the Washington State Department of Natural Resources (DNR).

The DNR staff talked about wildfires, the hard work to put them out, the equipment they use and how to help prevent wildfires. The volunteers were able to see and feel what the fire crew uses to put the wildfires out.

This was a very fun and educational event. Thank you to all the volunteers, DNR staff and Smokey Bear.

Smokey says, ‘Only You Can Prevent Wildfires’. Click for Smokey’s website!

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Here are some photos of the Wildfire Awareness Day:

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Wildfire Awareness Day
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Eastern Washington Adventures


Selah Sweets - Eastern Washing AdventuresSelah Sweets
makes handcrafted snacks, shaved ice, and has souvenirs.
Inside and outside seating at the shop. Off site catering.

Eastern Washington Adventures
is an Outdoor Recreation Information Center that holds many free events.


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